OK gang, here are my images for the Marla Bea Benefit Auction for 2011. Remember, this is the last year for the auction for a while, as Jason is putting it on hold in 2012. If you can, please bid, often, and generously. It’s a great cause, and one we should all support.

As I promised, here are the wash versions of my sketches. To bid, and see more, check out the Marla Bea Benefit site.

Lady Jaye—

Lady Jaye final art

… And the group shot of Scarlet, Lady Jay, and Cover Girl!

Fashionistas! The lot of 'em!

Again, please bid for a great cause!

UPDATE: VA COMIC CON! 

I didn’t know it before, but there’s even MORE reason for Joe fans to make the trek to the VA Comic Con. Not only will Herb Trimpe be there, but the legendary Larry Hama will be attending as well! As far as I know we’ll all be sitting together and the three of us will be doing a panel on the Hamaverse of Joe! I don’t know of any other time the three of us will be together again, so stack those books, and (as they used to say on the Price is Right) “come on down”!

It’s that time of year when the Marla Bea Benefit auction gears up, but sadly I hear from Jason that the benefit will be put on hiatus next year. This is the last time for a while that I’ll have images up for auction, so those of you who might have any interest, keep October 12th circled on your calendars! Additionally, those of you who remember the first year I did this, my mom was the winning bid (thanks mom, could you make me look more like a pampered twit?), so I have to warn you… she’s in the US! Unlike last year when she was on vacation in Italy, this year she’ll be out there, circling, like a falcon… waiting. I’ll do my best to keep her off ebay, but you never know with her.

I did two images this year, and below are the pencil version of the images. If you’d like to see the final versions, jump over to the Marla Bea Benefit site. The day the auction starts, I’ll post the final art here as well. First off is Lady Jaye by herself—

… And a group shot of Scarlet, Lady Jaye, and Cover Girl (original cartoon version).

Again, this is the last auction for the Marla Bea Benefit for a few years at least. Most likely it’s the last chance to get an image from me unless you see me at a show. These images tend to be more labored over than my con sketches, because I have more time put into them. It’s a great cause, so please show your support, if you can.

Scarlet- quick shot

March 2, 2011

This was a fast sketch for the outside of an envelope, so it’s only about 4″ tall. Not as tight as the last one- but hope you like it.

Pencils

Inks

Final color

Scarlet Commission

February 27, 2011

So people don’t think I’ve completely forgotten about the blog, here’s another commission I did of Scarlet, only in pencil. There, blog post done, must go.

Stoic, play it stoic.

Rolling Snake Eyes

October 29, 2010

Long ago in galaxy far, far away… ok, not really, but a while back a reader of the GI Joe books contacted me about obtaining a page from the main series. On the page Scarlet confronts Snake Eyes in his quarters about going AWOL from Joe in search of proof about the existence of COBRA. It’s an emotional scene for Scarlet and there are a lot of Joe fans who put this relationship in the same category as Tasha Yar and Data on Star Trek:TNG.

You never tell me how you fe... well, anything actually.

I told them I only had the pencils because my inker Gary Erskine lives in Scotland, where he prints the pages on board and inks over blue lines to save IDW shipping costs- a standard practice for companies now-a-days. They said they wanted both and I contacted Gary to arrange this, I think that was around the end of April; I can’t be sure it was that long ago. We bounced emails, and we decided Gary would send me the inks (as I live in DC) to which I would add my art, then forward it all on to the collector who lives on the west coast. This sounded like a plan worthy of a rebel attack, but in execution we pulled it off like a clown parade. For one reason or another things kept getting in the way, from work loads and honest forgetfulness to the daily problems of life, something always made getting things organized darn near impossible. Until recently that is, when I got the package from Gary. Now it was on me to sprint for the finish line. I thought the fan had waited long enough and I didn’t want the delay to go on, but I felt I had to do two things –

A) Get it there in one piece

B) Pop in a little something extra for their patience in the matter

I decided to add a pencil drawing of Scarlet as a gift. I had done a sketch of her while playing around with my take on her costume, and decided to flesh it out completely and pass that along.

Seriously? Bring it. Have you SEEN the size of this gun?

I know the collector was all about the relationship between SE and Scarlet, so I threw in the little pic of SE on her shoulder. That was referencing back to how SE carried a picture of his kid sister with him for good luck while in Nam- at least that’s how it was in the classic series. So I had the sketch, but now how to get the package there in one piece?

You can stamp italian words like FRAGILE all over the place, but there’s no guarantee it’s going to help get something thru the mail in one piece. I think USPS workers only focus on one thing during their route- put mail in box- and however that’s accomplished is the only thing that matters. Antique china, glassware, Da Vinci’s lost paintings, the Holy Grail… doesn’t matter. If it’s physically possible to cram a 4′ box into a 6″ mail slot- it will be done. SO I decided to give them a reason not to do that.

In the old days of having more time on my hands, I’d always draw a little something on any package I was sending to family or friends. It was more for fun, but I noticed that the USPS guys seemed to take extra care with them. To the point the packages looked just as clean as when I sent them. Of course that was years ago, when people cared about stuff, but what the hell I decided it was worth a try. So out came the pencil, pens, and markers, and I went to town. It’s always the stuff you do on the fly that ends up being the “big” thing, so of course- this was the part of the package the fan got most excited about. :::sigh::: It’s like a baby or a cat, you buy a great toy, and all they want to play with is the box. As long as they’re happy.

You smell bacon?